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Tutu Jones: Staying Power

An equally impassioned guitarist and vocalist, Tutu Jones wails with abandon on Staying Power (Bullseye 9611; 38:25). Backed by the Memphis Horns, Jones deals a little deeper on his sophomore outing. His ties to soul-blues are clear on “Can’t Leave Your Love Alone” and “Be Good To Your Lady,” but hardcore down and dirty blues fans will want to key directly into “Daylight Caught Us Red Handed” and the aching slow blues (and my personal favorite) “The Milkman Game.” Tutu also gets to stretch on two instrumental showcases, “After Midnight” and the jazzy “Romance Avenue.” A strong second outing from this gifted youngblood.

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